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Kaduna Government declares war on Shiites

05 December 2016, 15:03

Kaduna - The Kaduna State Government has officially labelled the Shiite Islamic Movement of Nigeria, IMN, an insurgent group, Premium Times reports.

This is contained in a White Paper released by the state government on Monday in Kaduna.

“For all intent and purpose, the IMN is an insurgent group and ought to be treated as such,” the government said in the white paper.

The government also said the detained Shiite leader, Ibraheem El-Zakzaky, will be held responsible for all acts carried out by the group’s members.

“Members of the IMN owe absolute loyalty to Sheikh Ibraheem El-Zakzaky,” the white paper states.

“He therefore bears responsibility for all the acts of lawlessness committed by the organisation and should therefore be held responsible, fully investigated and prosecuted.”

In the white paper, the state government also indicated it may not prosecute the soldiers involved in the killing of over 300 members of the IMN in December last year, but may leave their prosecution to the federal government.

Members of the Shiite Islamic Movement of Nigeria, IMN, on Thursday stormed the National Assembly to protest the continued detention of their leader, Sheikh Ibraheem El-Zakzaky according to News24.

The protesters, led by the secretary of the academic forum in Nigeria, Abdullahi Musa, said they had gathered to know the position of the Senate regarding the continued detention of their leader as well as ascertain when he would be released.

- News 24

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